You are going to be so mad at me. I hoodwinked you with the title of the post. You’re probably expecting me to explain where you can find good jerky or all-natural nut butters. Instead, I’m going to hit you with a little surprise.
The most healthy snack is no snack at all.
That’s right. Having busted the myth that your body goes into ‘starvation mode’ if you don’t eat for a few hours, you can feel safe knowing that if you get a little hungry late in the morning it doesn’t mean your fat burning is grinding to a halt.
Let’s look at this from a simplified evolutionary perspective. Body fat, at some level is a good thing because it’s our reserve source of fuel. When the hunt got a little longer than expected, we could rely on the body fat stored from the last buffalo kill to keep us fueled.
Hunger is a sensation that you might just have to get acquainted with if you want to shed body fat. When you’re hungry, your body is saying “Hey dummy, you should probably find some food at some point soon, but for now I’m going to burn some body fat to keep going.”
Can you possibly burn large amounts of body fat if you never ever have the sensation of being hungry? Maybe. But in my personal experience, I have definitely experienced hunger during times when I have been on a nutrition plan where I dropped large amounts of body fat.
The other big problem with snacks is that generally, by definition if you’re snacking it’s because you don’t have the time or the means for a meal. Usually that means the snack is going to be quick and easy, which often translates into poor quality especially in the context of a fat loss nutrition plan. Lara Bars, despite the fancy marketing, simply do not fit into a fat loss diet.
Eat 2-4 meals per day. Fast sometimes. Eat great meals full of nutrient-rich foods. Skip the snacks.
P.S. If you’re still concerned about fasting putting your body into starvation mode, consider this: a man lost 276lbs by fasting under medical supervision for 382 days. “Prolonged fasting in this patient had no ill-effects.” (W. K. Stewart, Laura W. Fleming)